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CMNT: Rebound from Rock Bottom?

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It may not be the start of something good, but it's definitely an end to something absolutely horrendous, as the Canadian Men's National Team played Bulgaria to a 1-1 draw in a friendly played in Ritzing, Austria today.

Canada's Tosaint Ricketts (#9) earned the penalty that saw the CMNT finally bump the goal-scoring slump.
Canada's Tosaint Ricketts (#9) earned the penalty that saw the CMNT finally bump the goal-scoring slump.
Justin Edmonds

First, some context behind this match.

Canada hadn't managed a single goal in their last 10 matches - a scoreless drought that extended for 959 minutes. The CMNT last scored more than a year ago, when Marcus Haber scored in a 2-1 loss to Japan in a friendly in Doha, Qatar on March 22, 2013.

While Benito Floro's red-and-white must feel good about ending the run of bagels, the team still remains winless in their last 15 matches, an ignoble streak that began in the fall of 2012, when Canada was steamrolled by Honduras 8-1 in a World Cup Qualifier. The continued string of poor showings, including losses to Mauritania and Martinique, saw Canada plummet to 114th in the FIFA world rankings, an all-time low.

Playing outside an official FIFA international break, Floro's team didn't include MLS-based national team fixtures Dwayne De Rosario and Will Johnson. Floro has assembled a very young 24-man roster, almost half of which are younger than 21, but opted to start an experienced side against 65th-ranked Bulgaria.

The teams traded early chances to get on the scoresheet before Canada conceded (Galabinov, 19'). Canada leveled the score just eight minutes later when Tosaint Ricketts was fouled in the penalty area. Atiba Hutchinson converted the PK for Canada, but that was all the scoring the side could muster.

On a side note: The last three goals for Canada have been scored by an "H": Hutchinson, Haber, Hume.

Canada's next action comes May 27, when they take on 99th-ranked Moldova.